VIETNAM AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA
ONLY COIN OF
was a French protectorate, that later
became part of North Vietnam. Tonkin issued only a single
coin, a zinc 1/600 Piastre, (1/6 cent) dated 1905.
The coin, commonly called a Sapeque, was intended to replace the widely
used Annamese cash coins in circulation. It was struck in the
style of a cash coin: round with a square hole. One side of
the coin had Chinese legends, the other had French legends.
The coin proved to be unpopular with the Vietnamese and most never
entered circulation. The coin is Uncirculated, however it will have
some spots as is typical of zinc coins.
TONKIN TONKIN 1/600 PIASTRE 1905,
FRENCH INDO-CHINA SILVER COIN
FEATURE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Seated Liberty, based on The Statue of Liberty, is featured on this
attractive 1937 silver 10 Cents of French Indo-China.
In addition to the Statue of Liberty that France presented to the
United States, France erected a smaller version in Hanoi the same year.
The Hanoi statue was destroyed in 1945 by supporters of Ho Chi
Minh. The reverse of the coin includes the
silver content of the coins. The 10 Centimes
contains 2.7 grams of .680 fine silver. The attractive coin
was designed by famed French sculptor and medalist Jean Auguste
Barre. French Indo-China later became the independent nations
FRENCH INDO-CHINA 10 CENTS 1937 KM16.2
WORLD WAR II
COIN OF FRENCH INDO-CHINA
Hanoi, the capital of French Indo-China (now Vietnam
fell to the Japanese
on December 7, 1941, the same day Japan
attacked Pearl Harbor. The
Japanese withdraw and melted the Annamese
copper and brass cash coins in circulation in order to use
their metal in the war effort. The cash coins were valued
1/5 to 1/6 of a cent and were widely used for small transactions. To
replace them the Osaka mint in Japan
struck a zinc 1/4 cent coin for French Indo-China in 1942. The
coins bore the Vichy Government legend of "Etat Francais
pleased to offer you this historic World War II coin of French
FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1942 KM25 Fine $3.00
VIETNAM NOTE FEATURE MILITARY HERO
By 1966 the Vietnam War was not going well. Over a decade after South
Vietnam declared independence, fighting was still going on with no
clear victor. Perhaps in an attempt to reflect in the glories
of successful military campaigns in the past, South Vietnam issued new
banknotes depicting historical Vietnamese military heroes.
The notes did not carry a date. The red 100 Dong depicts Le Van Duyet
on the front and his tomb on the
back. A watermark of his head is to the right. Duyet was a general who
helped put down a rebellion and unify Vietnam in the early 19th
century. Later, as viceroy for the southern part of unified
Vietnam he helped bring peace and prosperity to that region.
PM-SVN-P19 SOUTH VIETNAM 100 DONG NOTE
VIETNAM 1968 20 DONG FAO COIN
In 1968 South Vietnam issued this
unusual 12-sided coin as part of the United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization's (FAO) coin program. One side
depicts a female farmer with a sheaf of rice in a rice paddy.
The legend "CHIEN-DICH THE-GIOI CHONG NAN DOI" translates as "World
campaign against hunger". The other side features the
denomination. It was the highest denomination
released into circulatoin by South Vietnam before it fell to the
1975. The nickel-clad steel coin was struck at the Hamburg
mint and has a mintage of 500,000 pieces. It is an attractive
coin from a fallen nation.
SVN-20D SOUTH VIETNAM 20 DONG FAO 1968 KM11
LAST BANKNOTE OF
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undated 100 Dong banknote of South Vietnam was
released in 1972, three
years before the country fell to the communist North Vietnam.
was one of the last currency issued by South Vietnam.
depicts Independence Palace in Saigon, now known as Reunification
Palace. The Palace served as the home for the President of
Vietnam. It was built on the site of the old Norodom Palace,
which was heavily damaged in 1962 when it was bombed by South
Vietnamese Air Force pilots attempting to assassinate President Ngo
Dinh Diem. On April 30, 1975 a North Vietnamese tank crashed
through the gates of the palace, bringing an end to the Vietnam
War. The 100 Dong depicts a farmer and two water buffalo on
the back and meausres 149 x 72mm. The note has a watermark of the head
PM-SVN-100D SOUTH VIETNAM 100 DONG NOTE
(1972) P31 AU-UNC
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This two note set from Socialist Vietnam includes the brown 1987
200 Dong note which features a tractor and farm workers on the back and
red 1988 500 Dong which depicts ships unloading at a dock on the
back. Both notes are 131mm x 65mm, have Ho Chi Minh on the
and have watermarks.
PM-VN-SET2 VIETNAM 200 & 500 DONG
& P101, UNC.
RATION COUPON SHEETS
This cloth ration coupons were issued in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and
are dated 1979. In order to purchase cloth or clothing, one
had to present the appropriate number of coupons. Each sheet
was good for 4 meters (about 13 feet) of material and contained 14
individual coupons with values ranging from 5 centimeters (about 2
inches) to 50 centimeters of material. Each sheet is
made out to an individual. The pink ration coupons were
issued to women.. The sheets of
ration coupons are approximately 125mm
x 85mm (5" x 3.5") and have a blank back. The sheets have
been redeemed however still contain all their individual
coupons. It is a rarely seen item that was issued not long
after the fall of South Vietnam to the communists.
PM-CLOTH-PINK VIETNAM WOMEN'S (PINK) CLOTH
RATION COUPON SHEET
2003 Vietnam released their first coins in over a quarter of a
century. An entire generation grew had grown up without ever
The government finally bowed to the requests of merchants and citizens
who wanted the convenience of coins for use in vending machines. There
were reports that many children who had never seen a coin before, tried
to eat them thinking they were candy. Vietnam has not issued any coins
for circulation since then. The brass 5000 Dong coin pictures
the Chua Mot Cot temple in Hanoi. The brass 2000 Dong shows a
traditional high-roofed house. The brass 1000 Dong shows a
the ancient capital of Hue. The copper-nickel 500 and 200 Dong coins
portray the denomination in large numerals. All five coins
2003 and show the arms Vietnam on the obverse. The coins were
single year and circulated only briefly. Since then no further coins
have beeen released for circulation. Because of
no longer used. The government has recalled them for melting,
making them difficult to obtain.
VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG,
2003 KM71-75, UNC. $9.75
POLYMER NOTE SET
FROM VIET NAM
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This set of four current polymer notes from Socialist Republic of
Vietnam includes the 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Dong issued
between 2012 and 2014. The front of the notes all feature Ho
Chi Minh and the arms of Vietnam. The back of the 10,000 Dong
note depicts offshore oil platforms. The back of the scarce
20,000 Dong pictures the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An. Hoi An
was an important trading port until the 19th Century. The bridge was
built in the 1600's by Japanese traders who lived on one side of the
bridge, while the Vietnamese lived on the other. It is the
only known covered bridge with a Buddhist Pagoda attached to
it. The 50,000 Dong features old buildings in imperial
capital of Hue. A gate to the National University is on the
back of the 10,000 Dong. The notes contain numerous anti-counterfeiting
devices, including a "watermark", front/back registration marks, and a
clear window that shows the denomination.
PM-VN-SET4 VIETNAM 4 NOTE SET: 10,000 DONG to
100,000 DONG P119-P122 UNC. $24.00
BEAUTIFUL OLD BANKNOTE
OF THE KINGDOM
This beautiful and colorful Laotian 100 Kip note printed by the Bank of
France was introduced in 1957. The front features King
Sisavang Vong, a chalice and Naga Dragons. The back includes
a woman in traditional costume with a bowl of roses. Erawan,
the three headed elephant appears in the coat of arms in the watermark.
The large size note measures 170x107mm. The note is
Uncirculated but has staple holes as that is how they were often
distributed the National
available is the small Kingdom of Laos 1 Kip note
released by the National Bank in 1962. The brown
note features a stylized mythological figure on the front and Erawan,
the three headed elephant on the back. The note
PM-LA-100K KINGDOM OF LAOS 100 KIP BANKNOTE
PM-LA-1KIP KINGDOM OF LAOS 1 KIP BANKNOTE P8
Laos is a landlocked nation bordering Vietnam. It rarely
issues coins for circulation. In 1980 Laos
issued its first coins for circulation in 28 years. These
of the 10, 20 and 50 Att, struck in aluminum and issued by the
Lao People's Democratic Republic. The designs of the coins
feature the denomination in large numbers, with a small picture below.
A woman holding grain is on the 10 Att, a farmer plowing is on the 20
Att and a fish is on the 50 Att. The reverse features the
national arms, which include a hammer and sickle.
S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3
COIN SET, 10 - 50 ATT KM22-24 UNC.
In April 1968, the communist Pathet Lao forces introduced these notes
in the areas of the Laos that they controlled. Following
their victory in 1975 the notes were used throughout Laos.
This red 10 Kip issued by the Patht Lao depicts nurses with patients
and soldiers planting
bamboo booby-traps. Maybe the nurses are treating the unintended
victems of the booby-traps.
PM-LA-10K PATHET LAO 10 KIP NOTE P20
In 1979 Laos introduced new notes to replace the Pathet Lao Liberation
notes. The new notes continued to reflect the theme of Laotians at
work. Also included is the national emblem on the front of each note.
The 1 Kip depicts parading soldiers and students in school.
The 5 Kip shows shoppers in a store and logging elephants. The 10 Kip
pictures workers at a lumber mill on one side; doctors performing
surgery and a nurse checking a child on the other. The 20 Kip depicts a
military tank, soldiers and a patrol boat on the Mekong River on the
front and workers in a textile mill on the back. The 50 Kip
features farmers planting rice and the Nam Ngum hydroelectric dam. It
was the first hydroelectric dam built in Laos. It supplies
most of Laos's electricity and sale of its electricity to Thailand is
one of Laos's largest exports. The 100 Kip depicts farmers harvesting
grain and a soldier guarding storage tanks.
PM-LA-SET79 LAOS 6 NOTE SET 1-100 KIP 1979
SMART AND LUCKY OLD
Chinese character “Chi” meaning “Luck” is depicted above a Hamza bird
on the Cambodian 2 Pe (1/2 Fuang) minted about 1847. The
Hamza bird represents knowledge, so the coin is both smart and
lucky. They were good skills for Cambodia to have at that
both Vietnam and Thailand were trying to gain control the country
through members of its royal family. The undated, uniface
coin is about 12mm in diameter.
KH-2PE CAMBODIA COPPER 2 PE (circa 1847) KM11
silver Fuang (1/8 Tical) was issued by the Kingdom of Cambodia about
1847. The mythical Hamsa bird is pictured on this unusual,
undated, uniface coin. The
Hamza bird represents knowledge.. The hand-struck coin is
approximately 13mm in diameter and is probably the least
expensive South-East Asian silver coin of that era.
CAMBODIA SILVER FUANG (circa 1847) KM32.2 Fine
ON CAMBODIAN COINS
In 1994, with the restoration of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the return
of peace after decades of war, Cambodia issued its first coins for
circulation in 15 years. The four coin set consists of the
steel 50, 100 and 200 Riels coins and the bi-metallic 500 Riels. The
designs were largely taken from previous coin issues and feature
traditional Cambodian themes. The 500 Riels features the Royal
coat-of-arms that was used on the 50
Sen of 1959
. The 200 Riels has the Consititution
and urn design that was used on the 1959
coin. The 100 Riels depicts a temple at
Angkor Wat that was used on the unreleased 1970
1 Riel coin
The 50 Riels pictures Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. It
was built in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France.
Cambodian legends are on the reverse of each coin.
S-KH-SET94 CAMBODIA 1994 4 COIN SET KM92-95